Emma Raducanu's 2021 US Open win has been voted as Great Britain's favorite sporting underdog performance, via The Daily Mail. Specsavers, a British optometry company, polled 2,000 Britons when conducting the research. Raducanu, who won the 2021 US Open as an 18-year-old qualifier, received 34 percent of the votes.
Leicester City FC, the 2016 English Premier League champions, came in second place with 33 percent of the votes. Eddie the Eagle Edwards, who represented Great Britain 1988 Winter Olympics, came in third with 27 percent of the votes.
Raducanu admitted she 'sometimes regrets' her US Open win
After winning the US Open as a qualifier, Raducanu was being praised from all sides. But after she started to struggle with injuries and constantly lose matches, Raducanu became one of the most criticized players in the game.
"That moment on the court, when I was celebrating, I was like, I would literally trade any struggle in the world for this moment. Since then I've had a lot of setbacks, one after the other. I am resilient, my tolerance is high, but it's not easy.
And sometimes I think to myself I wish I'd never won the US Open," Raducanu recently told The Sunday Times. Also, Raducanu admitted that she was "extremely naive" when she first showed up on the scene and "got used by tennis sharks." "I had to mature very quickly.
When I won I was extremely naive. What I have realized in the past two years, the tour and everything that comes with it, it's not a very nice, trusting and safe space. You have to be on guard because there are a lot of sharks out there.
I think people in the industry, especially with me because I was 19, now 20, they see me as a piggy bank. It has been difficult to navigate. I have been burnt a few times. I have learnt, keep your circle as small as possible," Raducanu said.